Rootsy Nashville string ensemble Old Crow Medicine Show started as a group of buskers roaming through Canada, before catching the ear of country legend Doc Watson. The group’s 1920s-style instrumentation is harmonica-laced and heavy on fiddle, banjo and slide guitar, but its revivalism doesn’t bar relevance to younger listeners. Its renditions of classics are subtly rocked up, and in its bulkier repertoire of original compositions, bluegrass strains accompany lyrics about contemporary gripes, as heard on the new Remedy. The strong set of well-matched rootsy openers includes Langhorne Slim and Spirit Family Reunion on Aug 4 and the Lumineers and the Milk Carton Kids on Aug 6.
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